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Wake County - Top 10 Awards For 2009 (So Far)

Since the start of the year, Wake County has received more than a dozen awards and recognitions. From its growing economic potential to its dating scene, the Triangle is gaining national praise.

1. #1 City with Best Economic Potential (Raleigh, NC) fDi Magazine, April 2009

2. #1 Place For Business and Careers (Raleigh, NC) Forbes.com, March 2009

3. #1 Top City for Small Business (Raleigh, NC) American City Business Journals, February 2009

4. #1 City Where Americans Are Relocating (Raleigh, NC) Forbes.com, April 2009

5. #1 Fastest-Growing Metropolitan Area in the Country (Raleigh-Cary) U.S. Census, March 2009

6. #5 Leading Life Sciences Clusters in the U.S. (Raleigh-Durham, NC) Milken Institute, May 2009

7. #5 Fastest-Growing Metropolitan in the Country (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Easy Analytic Software, May 2009

8. #6 Healthiest Housing Market (Raleigh, NC) Builderonline.com, February 2009

9. 2nd Best State to Do Business In (North Carolina) Chief Executive magazine, March 2009

10. #10 High-Tech Centers in the U.S. (Raleigh, NC) American City Business Journals, May 2009

A common theme in these accolades is growth capacity. With one of the healthiest housing markets in the country, people are flocking to the Wake County area for both professional and personal reasons. Raleigh will be one of the largest cities in the nation by 2025, and even smaller municipalities like Holly Springsand Rolesville will continue their exponential growth and evolution while still maintaining their hometown feel.

The region has the best of both worlds as corporate RTP continues to thrive while also earning the #1 city for small businesses earlier this year. But the Triangle definitely is not all business. The area ranked #4 as the best city in America for dating and #20 most physically fit city in America.

With a growing population and thriving businesses, Wake County will continue to compete with the best cities in the nation.

For a complete list of accolades, click here.

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